Foothill College Master Plan
Originally designed by renowned architect Ernest Kump and landscape architects Sasaki Walker and Associates, Foothill College received the top AIA Honor Award in 1962. The campus design was a direct response to the aspirations of its founders: to build a community college for 3,500 students that would serve as a center of civic and cultural activity. The campus was designed to complement the background and tradition of the area; express informality; and produce an air of quiet dignity and sophistication appropriate to a college. When our work began in 2007, the Foothill campus retained much of its original character and was still considered one of the most beautiful and successful community colleges in the United States. However, as the student population had grown by more than 300% since the 1960s, the campus infrastructure was visibly strained. Standards of maintenance and care had eroded through the years and much of the built environment was in dire need of renewal and replacement. Additionally, building codes have evolved since the campus was built and upgrading for ADA accessibility presented an significant challenge on this hilltop campus.
The passage of Measure C provided funding for the first phase of improvement projects to address all of these issues in a way that is sensitive to the original campus design, subtly innovative, and responsively sustainable. Our team focused concept design and planning in a wide array of areas to enhance these opportunities, including pedestrian and vehicular mobility and intuitive way-finding; low-flow irrigation and drought-tolerant planting; energy-efficient lighting; and bicycle-friendly infrastructure.